Friday, November 10, 2006

 

Arbeit macht frei

From our favorite Douche, and nominated for the "Biggest Douche in the Universe" (Oh sorry, that's a different John Edwards), here is a message from ONE AMERICA (FOR ALL OF US):

Dear Friend,

Because of your efforts, yesterday a blue wave swept this nation and elected historic numbers of Democrats at the local, state, and federal levels.

To all of you who phoned, walked precincts, talked to your friends and neighbors, gave money and made this victory possible -- I thank you.

This election was about nothing less than the future of the world, and the American people spoke loud and clear: America is better than what we've seen under George Bush and his Republican allies. It's time to clean up the mess in Iraq; restore our moral authority to lead in the world; put the needs of ordinary families ahead of wealthy special interests; and begin to address the issues that George Bush has ignored or made worse during his six years in office.

I want to particularly congratulate the state minimum wage coalitions that did incredible work in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Nevada and Ohio, where voters passed ballot initiatives to increase the minimum wage and index it to inflation. Winning these minimum wage ballot initiatives is a huge step toward lifting millions of working families out of poverty.

Democrats scored incredible victories across the country, winning governorships in states in every corner of the country and winning critical state legislative seats. We also reclaimed control of the House and made impressive gains in the Senate -- the first step in putting the brakes on George Bush's nightmarish regime -- and today we should celebrate this historic victory.

But tomorrow we must begin anew. Yesterday's results are not the end, but the beginning of a historic transformation that our country must undertake in the coming years. We have to change direction -- not just put on the brakes. And in the coming months I look forward to working with you and building upon the incredible success of last night -- and building the One America that works for all of us.

Thank you, again, for everything you're doing to put our country back on track.

Your friend,

John


Yes tomorrow, we gather our weapons and advance upon all those Americans that don't "work for all of us". Soon enough, they will all work for all us -- for one America...

Comments:
One group receiving a lot of credit for this election, especially the minimum wage initiatives, is the liberal Christian camp, recently galvanized by Jim Wallis and Tony Campollo and thier Sojourner's group.

I've been active on their blog the last few weeks, and will continue to attemp to be a voice of reason amongst them.

Their biggest mistake is the attempt to make the state compassionate.

The best discussion so far follows this post.
 
Anyone who claims there are actual issues involved in this election is at best confused or at worst opportunistic.

Quite frankly, this election was the equivalent of voters saying "we're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore." And they're mad about so many different issues, that discussing any one in particular is ludicrous.

Here are a few, just for starters:
The war
The deficit
Corruption
Donald Rumsfeld
Religion
The environment
Terrorism
Bush is a dictator
Fiscal irresponsibility
Health Care
Jobs

All in all, the people who are in charge have been bungling everything they get their hands on. And people were ready for a change. In no way does this election even start to mandate any particular change, or in any particular direction. People just want something different.
 
Chris,

It makes me sick to my stomach that most people I talk to think the minimum wage helps low-wage workers. Sometimes I wish the Democrats would just go "balls-out" and raise it to like $15/hour so people could more easily see the harm it would cause.
 
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